How We Work At Cash For Clothes
Clothes and Textiles
Our friendly van drivers collect the clothes and textiles from each SVP shop. At the shop the bags of clothes are weighed and a report of the amounts are signed off by the shop manager.
Once back at our warehouse its straight to work on sorting the clothes and other household textiles. The sortation process separates those clothes and other items that are only suitable for colder climates, such as thick coats and heavy boots. This amounts to approximately 10% of the total and these items are put aside ready for shipment to countries such as the Ukraine and Poland. Once in these countries, second hand shops are able to offer good quality clothing to low income families at a fraction of their original retail price. Because of this sortation process only clothes that will be reused are sent meaning that nothing goes to landfill.
The other 90% of items are loaded into containers ready for shipment to Africa. The clothes currently go to Kenya. This includes all clothing items, shoes, handbags, belts, Cuddly Toys, hats etc asewll as household linen such as sheets curtains and towels. Because we only accept reusable items once again market traders and second hand shops are able to sell the vast majority of the items for reuse. The very small percentage of items that cannot be reused as clothes or in homes are used as rags in African businesses such as garages and other light industrial operations.
Cash For Clothes In Barry currently processes 4000 kilograms of textiles per week.
Once back at our warehouse all books are sorted by hand. This grading process removes poor condition books that can’t resold, and currently this is approximately 40% of the total stock we receive. These items are then transported just 20 miles to DS Smith Recycling Plc in Caerphilly where the books are turned into pulp ready to be reused in packaging applications.
Those books that can be reused are:
Catalogued and barcoded and then shelved in our warehouse where we have 60,000 books at any one time on over 1.2km of shelving. These books are sold online on over 20 different websites across the world, with hundreds of individual books being shipped daily.
Palletised and sent to second hand book shops across Europe. Here bookshop owners are able to sell English language books to tourists, Expats and English learners.
Do we make a profit
Yes we do make a profit from recycling and reusing items. This allows us to employ 5 local staff 3 or whom are under 25. It also allows us to buy supplies and services from the local community.